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79/2. Dômoto Inshô (1891-1975) & Morino Kakô (1899-1987)
Kyôyaki sometsuke
Hanaire, flower vase - Kôbai, red plum
Signed: Inshô and Yoshimitsu
Seals:
Technique: Sometsuke, blue and white porcelain with a cobalt blue underglaze decoration. Ø 12 x 28
Box: signed by both potter and painter
Condition: fine

Inshô and Fukuda Heihachirô (1892-1974) were considered Kyoto’s top Nihonga painters of their generation. Inshô was the more controversial of the two and moved to abstract painting later, being the first of the Nihonga artists to do so.

Inshō was born in Kyoto. He was educated as a designer and drew patterns for textiles. However, between 1918 and 1924 he also studied Nihonga painting at the Municipal College of Painting and as a pupil of Nishiyama Suishō (1879-1958).. After he had won a prize for a large Buddhist painting at the Teiten exhibition in 1925, he received commissions from several Buddhist temples. During his lifetime he executed some 600 of these temple commissions.

Inshô was equally at home in traditional Japanese styles and western abstract painting. In 1952 he went to Europe as one of the first Nihonga painters to travel abroad after the war. His abstract works shook Japan, but they favoured his career in the western world with exhibitions in Paris, Turin and New York. He designed and built his own Dōmoto Art Museum in Kyoto in 1966.

Reference:
Kyoto 1977
Roberts p. 19
Conant p. 291
Berry pp. 282-287 (# 80-81)
Goto # 153-154

Morino Kakô was born in Kyoto, the first son of the ceramist Morino Horaku. In 1918 he graduated from the Kyoto City School of Arts and Crafts specializing in Nihonga and in 1921 from the Kyoto City Painting School. His 1921 graduation painting was accepted into the Teiten. After this he turned from painting to ceramics. In 1927 Kako was accepted as a ceramic exhibitor at the Teiten. Kako won a gold prize for his entry at the 4th Shin-Bunten in 1941. In 1949, along with Kiyomizu Rokubei Vl (1901-1980) and Kawai Enosuke, he founded the Kyoto Ceramicists Club.In 1963 he was awarded a prize by the Japan Arts Academy. He was a board member of the Nitten.

Price: EUR 1,250 / USD 1,437